Jessica Taylor beats the clock on MSNBC

Jessica Taylor, a 2007 Furman graduate who serves as campaign editor for The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., recently appeared on MSNBC’s Up Against the Clock “Tournament of Champions.” Taylor demonstrated her knowledge of national politics by defeating opponents Luke Russert of NBC and Krystal Ball of MSNBC and advancing to the national championship round […]

Riley Institute’s DLI draws praise

Dot Scott, president of the Charleston Branch NAACP, wrote an op-ed for The Post and Courier questioning the Charleston County School Board’s decision to not extend an Atlanta firm’s contract to create a diversity plan for the district. She suggested district officials could benefit from enrolling in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. […]


The problem with grade inflation

Average college GPAs in 2006 were much higher than they were in 1930, according to a study published in the Columbia University-based publication Teachers College Record. Stuart Rojstaczer, a writer and former science professor, co-authored the study with Furman computer science professor Christopher Healy.  Healy, who joined the Furman faculty in 1999, was quoted in […]


Lt. Gen. Mulholland takes CIA post

Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., a 1978 Furman graduate, has been named associate director for military affairs at the CIA. He was previously deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and, before that, commanded U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg from November 2008 until July 2012. […]

Amplifying voices of the homeless

A homeless entrepreneur in Greenville has teamed up with local writers, Furman students, designers and advisers to develop Bellows Magazine, a street paper that amplifies the voices of the homeless. According to an op-ed in The Greenville News by Furman student Ben Riddle, the magazine will feature photo essays, local art and a map of relevant services for the homeless. A native of Greenville, Riddle is following an Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP) at Furman in Social Entrepreneurship with a minor in Poverty Studies.


Ensuring the well-being of all students

Although opinions will continue to differ on same-sex marriage, it seems probable that animosity toward gays and lesbians will decrease as the visibility of their unions increases. But according to an op-ed in The State newspaper by Furman education professor Scott Henderson, there is less cause for optimism over the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in South Carolina’s K-12 schools.


‘Forgive me your final grade’

After more than three decades of teaching, Furman education professor Paul Thomas still doesn’t enjoy the task of assigning his students a final grade. Now that the fall term is coming to an end at the university, Dr. Thomas wrote an open letter to his students explaining why he believes a grade should not be the ultimate embodiment of what they learned in the classroom during the past few months. The post, which originally appeared on Thomas’ blog, “The Becoming Radical,” was reprinted in the “Answer Sheet” of The Washington Post.


Award-winning leap into the wild

For years, Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been a lightning rod for controversy, pitting environmentalists against proponents of drilling for oil. Is the refuge a barren wasteland or a fragile ecosystem? Joni Tevis wanted to see for herself, which led to a 5,000-word essay in Orion magazine. That, in turn, led to Tevis receiving a Pushcart Prize, a major literary award which honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays and other works that appear in small presses during the previous year. Read more in The Greenville News.


Providing commentary on midterm elections

When South Carolina ETV provided live, election night coverage during the 2014 midterms, Furman political science professor Brent Nelsen and two Furman students, Courtney Thomas and Andrew Smith, monitored social media channels and provided commentary about the races. Thomas is a political science major, while Smith is double majoring in political science and economics. The ETV program was hosted by Charles Bierbauer, dean of mass communications and information services at the University of South Carolina, and featured other political experts from around the state. Watch the video.


Weighing the costs of ‘improvement’

The city of Greenville is growing, and growing in ways that are heralded as beneficial—change for the better some say. But one question too often ignored, or perhaps simply not thought of at all, is whom does this growth benefit? Hayden Couvillion, a Furman senior with a double major in Political Science and Sustainability Science, attempts to answer that question in an op-ed for The Greenville News.